Broadband polarization degeneracy of guided waves in subwavelength structured ZnO pattern

Oleh Y. Yermakov* (Invited author), Andrey A. Bogdanov (Invited author), Andrei Lavrinenko (Invited author)

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    Polarization degeneracy of electromagnetic plane waves in vacuum and in any bulk isotropic media is the keynote operational principle of many optical devices such as polarizers and interferometers. However, surface and guided waves spectra are typically either not degenerated at all or meet degeneracy only at very specific dispersion points. In this work, we offer a design of a periodic photonic structure based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocylinders providing the broadband polarization degeneracy of the guided waves in the near-IR frequency range. We analyze the impact of the spatial dispersion and substrate on the degeneracy breaking. We offer the design based on ZnO nanocylinders with aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) substrate, achieving the degeneracy in the vicinity of a telecommunication wavelength, for the practical implementation. Finally, we propose and verify numerically a potentially important device - waveguide polarizer, which is the analogue to the <formula><tex>$\pi$</tex></formula>/4 plate for the guided waves.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8200307
    JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
    Issue number3
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


    • Aluminum-doped zinc oxide
    • Degeneracy
    • Dispersion
    • Guided waves
    • II-VI semiconductor materials
    • Nonlocality
    • Optical surface waves
    • Periodic structures
    • Polarization
    • Telecom
    • Zinc oxide


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